Is Indiana Jones a Pinko?

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Now that Indiana Jones has joined the cold war in recently-released flick Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it's time to consider what exactly Indy would have thought about communism. He might be working with the US government to stop the bad guys, but a cloud of suspicion hovers over his head. Even the intelligence agents in the movie aren't sure if Indy is with them or against them. Now the Boston Globe's resident brainiac Joshua Glenn has done an intensive study of the film and determined scientifically that this flick is, in fact, promoting the values of commie pinko eggheads. Find out why. [Brainiac]

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The linked article has two of the best rebuttals to that argument already linked, so I won't regurigitate them. But a couple of quick things:

1) If Indy is stating his voting preference in the opening sequence, he's a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. ;)

2) This film takes place in 1957...three years after McCarthy's fall from grace. In fact, 1957 is the year that he died from alcoholism in a hospital, after several years of being ostracized, post-censure.

3) It's worth noting that by this time, anti-communist sentiment was on the decline. By 1959, Truman declared the HCUA "the most un-American thing in the country today." By the 1960s, the HCUA was the object of wide-spread satire...and for people like Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, a way to get attention instead of losing their jobs.

4) It's a MOVIE.